GREATEST
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Power. Precision. Wit.

We break down why Serena Williams is such a dominant force in tennis.

THE ROAD TO NO. 1

One of Williams' most impressive accomplishments is the longevity of her time at the top. At 35, Williams is older than the average age of the current top 10 player by eight years. The only other female pro her age or older in the top 50 is her sister Venus Williams, 36.

Rank 100 400 300 200 500 1 Grand Slam titles Grand Slam titles 1 3 Williams has one of the longest careers in history compared to other No. 1 players Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals Active Retired Note: Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. Note: Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. Career length:21 years Rank: No. 453 No. 313 Rank: No. 1 No. 767 No. 803 No. 893 22 years No. 11 No. 2 No. 7 No. 34 Serena Williams 310 weeks at No. 1 223 weeks at No. 1 Novak Djokovic 302 weeks at No. 1 Roger Federer Venus Williams 11 weeks at No. 1 No. 215 17 years No. 3 Steffi Graf 377 weeks at No. 1 15 years 18 years 14 years 286 weeks at No. 1 Pete Sampras 2017 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1998 Williams enters WTAranking at No. 453 Oct. 28, 1997 Dethrones her sister Venus as Wimbledon champion to take No. 1 ranking for the first time July 8, 2002 Williams slips to No. 139, citing injuries, lack of fitnessand depression Williams slips to No. 139, citing injuries, lack of fitnessand depression Williams slips to No. 139, citing injuries, lack of fitnessand depression Williams loses the U.S. Open semifi-nals, breaking a 186-week streak at No. 1 – an accomplishment only she and former top player Steffi Graf share Williams loses the U.S. Open semifi-nals, breaking a 186-week streak at No. 1 – an accomplishment only she and former top player Steffi Graf share Williams loses the U.S. Open semifi-nals, breaking a 186-week streak at No. 1 – an accomplishment only she and former top player Steffi Graf share July 10, 2006 As defending champion at Wimble-don, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. As defending champion at Wimble-don, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. July, 4, 2011 July, 4, 2011 July, 4, 2011 Sept. 12, 2016 Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam, breaking the record for most grand slam titles won by any player in the Open Era Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam, breaking the record for most grand slam titles won by any player in the Open Era Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam, breaking the record for most grand slam titles won by any player in the Open Era Jan. 28, 2017 Jan. 28, 2017 Patrick Mouratoglou becomes Williams’ exclusive coach, helping her rise back to the top Patrick Mouratoglou becomes Williams’ exclusive coach, helping her rise back to the top September, 2012 0 100 200 300 400 500
July 8, 2002 Patrick Mouratoglou becomes Williams’ exclusive coach, helping her rise back to No. 1 Patrick Mouratoglou becomes Williams’ exclusive coach, helping her rise back to No. 1 September, 2012 *Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. *Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. Rank 100 400 300 200 500 1 Grand Slam titles Grand Slam titles 1 3 Williams has one of the longest careers in history compared to other No. 1 players Active Retired Career length:21 years Rank: No. 453 No. 313 Rank: No. 1 No. 767 No. 803 No. 893 22 years No. 11 No. 2 No. 7 No. 34 Serena Williams 310 weeks at No. 1 223 weeks at No. 1 Novak Djokovic 302 weeks at No. 1 Roger Federer Venus Williams 11 weeks at No. 1 No. 215 17 years No. 3 Steffi Graf 377 weeks at No. 1 15 years 18 years 14 years 286 weeks at No. 1 Pete Sampras 2017 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1998 Williams enters WTAranking at No. 453 Oct. 28, 1997 Oct. 28, 1997 July, 4, 2011 July, 4, 2011 July, 4, 2011 Sept. 12, 2016 Sept. 12, 2016 Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam Jan. 28, 2017 Jan. 28, 2017 Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals Dethrones her sister Venus as Wimbledon champ to take No. 1 ranking for the first time Dethrones her sister Venus as Wimbledon champ to take No. 1 ranking for the first time Williams slips to No. 139, citing in-juries, lack of fit-ness and depres-sion Williams slips to No. 139, citing in-juries, lack of fit-ness and depres-sion Williams loses the U.S. Open semifinals, break-ing a 186-week streak at No. 1 – an accom-plishment only she and former top player Steffi Graf share Williams loses the U.S. Open semifinals, break-ing a 186-week streak at No. 1 – an accom-plishment only she and former top player Steffi Graf share Williams loses the U.S. Open semifinals, break-ing a 186-week streak at No. 1 – an accom-plishment only she and former top player Steffi Graf share As defending champion at Wimbledon, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. As defending champion at Wimbledon, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. As defending champion at Wimbledon, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. July 10, 2006 July 10, 2006
*Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. *Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. 100 400 300 200 No. 500 1 Williams enters WTAranking at No. 453 Williams enters WTAranking at No. 453 Oct. 28, 1997 Oct. 28, 1997 Dethrones her sister Venus as Wimbledon champion to take No. 1 ranking for the first time Dethrones her sister Venus as Wimbledon champion to take No. 1 ranking for the first time July 8, 2002 July 8, 2002 Williams slips to No. 139, citing injuries, lack of fitness and depression Williams slips to No. 139, citing injuries, lack of fitness and depression Grand Slam titles Grand Slam titles July 10, 2006 July 10, 2006 Patrick Mouratoglou becomes Williams’ coach, helping her rise back to the top Patrick Mouratoglou becomes Williams’ coach, helping her rise back to the top September, 2012 As defending champion at Wimbledon, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. As defending champion at Wimbledon, Williams loses in the round of 16. Her ranking falls to 169. July, 4, 2011 July, 4, 2011 Williams loses the U.S. Open semifinals, breaking a 186-week streak at No. 1 Williams loses the U.S. Open semifinals, breaking a 186-week streak at No. 1 Sept. 12, 2016 Sept. 12, 2016 1 3 Williams has one of the longest careers in history compared to other No. 1 players Active Retired Serena Williams Rank: No. 453 Rank: 310 weeks at No. 1 Venus Williams 223 weeks at No. 1 Novak Djokovic 286 weeks at No. 1 Pete Sampras 377 weeks at No. 1 Steffi Graf 302 weeks at No. 1 Roger Federer No. 1 11 weeks at No. 1 Career length:21 years No. 313 No. 767 No. 803 No. 893 22 years No. 7 No. 34 No. 215 17 years No. 3 15 years 18 years 14 years Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam Williams wins the Australian Open and her 23rd grand slam Jan. 28, 2017 Jan. 28, 2017 Jan. 28, 2017 2017 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1998 Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals No. 17* No. 2
Williams has one of the longest careers in history compared to other top players Active Retired Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals Sources: Womens Tennis Assn., Assn. of Tennis Professionals *Ranking data for active players are as of Jan. 30, 2017. Serena Williams Rank: No. 453 Rank: No. 1 Venus Williams Novak Djokovic Pete Sampras Steffi Graf Roger Federer Careerlength:21 years No. 313 No. 767 No. 803 No. 893 22 years No. 7 No. 34 No. 215 17 years No. 3 15 years 18 years 14 years No. 11 No. 2 3